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CCNA Syllabus

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Here is a clickable list of how our content maps to the latest CCNA syllabus.

Cisco are very vague in some areas so it is very difficult to give you a definitive list. Examples of exam topics which they do not list in their syllabus are hexadecimal, details on NAT overload, troubleshooting diagrams and named access lists.

We have left some boxes blank because they are covered in other areas such as troubleshooting which is usually covered when we show you how to configure various parameters. Other area we are in the process of adding labs or videos for.

CCNA 640-802 Syllabus (taken from here)

IMPORTANT - We cover many of the below subjects in the CCNP theory notes and we recommend you dip into those to deepen your understanding. Please also note that we have many more labs for the CCNA exam in the 101 CCNA Labs department.

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Describe how a network works      
Describe the purpose and functions of various network devices Theory    
Select the components required to meet a network specification      
Use the OSI and TCP/IP models and their associated protocols to explain how data flows in a network Theory    
Describe common networked applications including web applications Theory    
Describe the purpose and basic operation of the protocols in the OSI and TCP models Theory    
Describe the impact of applications (Voice Over IP and Video Over IP) on a network      
Interpret network diagrams      
Determine the path between two hosts across a network Theory    
Describe the components required for network and Internet communications Theory    
Identify and correct common network problems at layers 1, 2, 3 and 7 using a layered model approach Theory   Video
Differentiate between LAN/WAN operation and features      


Configure, verify and troubleshoot a switch with VLANs and interswitch communications

Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect switches to other network devices and hosts Theory    
Explain the technology and media access control method for Ethernet networks Theory    
Explain network segmentation and basic traffic management concepts Theory    
Explain basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches Theory    
Perform and verify initial switch configuration tasks including remote access management Theory Labs  
Verify network status and switch operation using basic utilities (including: ping, traceroute, telnet, SSH, arp, ipconfig), SHOW & DEBUG commands Theory    
Identify, prescribe, and resolve common switched network media issues, configuration issues, auto negotiation, and switch hardware failures      
Describe enhanced switching technologies (including: VTP, RSTP, VLAN, PVSTP, 802.1q) Theory    
Describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and the need for routing between them Theory    
Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs Theory Lab Video
Configure, verify, and troubleshoot trunking on Cisco switches Theory Lab Video
Configure, verify, and troubleshoot interVLAN routing Theory Lab  
Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VTP Theory Lab  
Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RSTP operation Theory Lab  
Interpret the output of various show and debug commands to verify the operational status of a Cisco switched network.   Labs  
Implement basic switch security (including: port security, trunk access, management vlan other than vlan1, etc.) Theory Labs  


Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP Services to meet network requirements in a medium-size Enterprise branch office network.

Describe the operation and benefits of using private and public IP addressing Theory    
Explain the operation and benefits of using DHCP and DNS Theory    
Configure, verify and troubleshoot DHCP and DNS operation on a router.(including: CLI/SDM) Theory Lab  
Implement static and dynamic addressing services for hosts in a LAN environment Theory    
Calculate and apply an addressing scheme including VLSM IP addressing design to a network Theory    
Determine the appropriate classless addressing scheme using VLSM and summarization to satisfy addressing requirements in a LAN/WAN environment Theory   Video
Describe the technological requirements for running IPv6 in conjunction with IPv4 (including: protocols, dual stack, tunneling, etc). Theory    
Describe IPv6 addresses Theory    
Identify and correct common problems associated with IP addressing and host configurations      


Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic router operation and routing on Cisco devices

Describe basic routing concepts (including: packet forwarding, router lookup process) Theory    
Describe the operation of Cisco routers (including: router bootup process, POST, router components) Theory    
Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect routers to other network devices and hosts Theory    
Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RIPv2 Theory Lab Video
Access and utilize the router to set basic parameters. (including: CLI/SDM)   Lab
Connect, configure, and verify operation status of a device interface Theory Lab Video
Verify device configuration and network connectivity using ping, traceroute, telnet, SSH or other utilities   Lab  
Perform and verify routing configuration tasks for a static or default route given specific routing requirements Theory Lab Video
Manage IOS configuration files. (including: save, edit, upgrade, restore) Theory Lab Video
Manage Cisco IOS Theory Labs Video
Compare and contrast methods of routing and routing protocols Theory    
Configure, verify, and troubleshoot OSPF Theory Lab Video
Configure, verify, and troubleshoot EIGRP Theory Lab Video
Verify network connectivity (including: using ping, traceroute, and telnet or SSH) Theory Lab  
Troubleshoot routing issues Theory Labs Video
Verify router hardware and software operation using SHOW & DEBUG commands. Theory    
Implement basic router security Theory Labs  


Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to mitigate those threats

Describe today's increasing network security threats and explain the need to implement a comprehensive security policy to mitigate the threats Theory    
Explain general methods to mitigate common security threats to network devices, hosts, and applications Theory    
Describe the functions of common security appliances and applications Theory    
Describe security recommended practices including initial steps to secure network devices Theory    


Implement, verify, and troubleshoot NAT and ACLs in a medium-size Enterprise branch office network.

Describe the purpose and types of ACLs Theory      
Configure and apply ACLs based on network filtering requirements.(including: CLI/SDM) Theory Lab Video
Configure and apply an ACLs to limit telnet and SSH access to the router using (including: SDM/CLI) Theory Lab Video
Verify and monitor ACLs in a network environment Above      
Troubleshoot ACL issues Above      
Explain the basic operation of NAT Theory      
Configure NAT for given network requirements using (including: CLI/SDM)   Labs Video
Troubleshoot NAT issues   Labs Video  


Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN

Describe standards associated with wireless media (including: IEEE WI-FI Alliance, ITU/FCC) Theory
Identify and describe the purpose of the components in a small wireless network. (including: SSID, BSS, ESS) Theory
Identify the basic parameters to configure on a wireless network to ensure that devices connect to the correct access point Theory
Compare and contrast wireless security features and capabilities of WPA security (including: open, WEP, WPA-1/2) Theory
Identify common issues with implementing wireless networks Theory


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Implement and verify WAN links

Describe different methods for connecting to a WAN Theory      
Configure and verify a basic WAN serial connection   Lab Video  
Configure and verify Frame Relay on Cisco routers Theory Lab Video  
Troubleshoot WAN implementation issues Theory      
Describe VPN technology (including: importance, benefits, role, impact, components) Theory      
Configure and verify a PPP connection between Cisco routers Theory Lab Video